The fifth Newsletter was delivered 2-4 July. It contains upto date information and help on various issues. 

The earoier Newsletters can be down loaded here:
1st Newsletter (front and reverse) and the accompaning poster . Released  19th March
2nd Newsletter  , front and reverse.  delivered arround 26th March
3rd Newsletter All Pages
4th Newsletter All Pages
5th Newsletter delivered 2/3 July 2020, See Newsletter 5   
6th Newsletter
Christmas  2020 newsletter, delivered 


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Support & Information from

Lavenham Parish Council.


NEWSLETTER 4 (May 2020)



Lavenham Parish Council are pleased to announce that Babergh District Council has provided us with funds to provide free, safe and reliable transport for vulnerable residents to attend medical appointments. If you need a ride please do not hesitate to contact Good Neighbours on 07922 850082.

Also please remember that Good Neighbours has set up a village-wide network to help you with shopping, filling your medical prescriptions from the pharmacy and dealing with other problems.

Our Good Neighbour Scheme has been successful in helping the requests we have had come in and also able to point people in the right direction when
inquiries have been made. So far it has been able to complete over 50 tasks
and this is down to all the amazing volunteers who are there when needed
and to whom we owe an enormous debt of gratitude.

Please contact the Parish Council if you require any help or support email

Good Neighbours Scheme 07922 850082


VE75 Commemoration

The BBC has replaced nationwide cel­ebration to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe on Friday the 8th of May with a series of special televi­sion, radio and BBC iPlayer pro­grammes. The highlight will be a special message from Her Majesty The Queen to be broadcast at 9pm.

We hope that everyone will join family, friends and neighbours by applauding the heroes of World War II from their garden, front door, balcony or other suitable location at 3pm.

We are also encouraging all those taking part to undertake the 'Nation's Toast to the Heroes of World War II at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of their own home by standing up and raising a glass of refreshment of their choice and join in the following 'Toast' :-

"To those gave so much, we thank you"

using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad who gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.


Post Office

We hope the post office will soon re-open. Details will be posted on the Parish Council Website  and on the Facebook page — Lavenham VP.

Community and Visitor Information Point

Until social distancing is relaxed 2 Lady Street will remain closed.



Everyone in our community can Play an important role in defeating the Coronavirus. The key to success is that we must not let down our guard. So please listen to the advice of the government.

All members of our community must continue to practice the restrictions and rules set out by the government to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Although there has been some progress we are not over the worst and we must be vigilant. As the prime minister supported by the leader of the opposition declared:

"We must recognize the risk of a second spike, the risk of losing control of that virus and letting the reproduction rate go back over one because that would
mean not only a new wave of death and disease but also an economic disaster
and we would be forced once again to slam on the brakes across the whole
country and the whole economy and re-impose restrictions in such a way as
to do more and lasting damage."

So please maintain social distancing, avoid unnecessary travel, continue to practice good hygiene and if you experience any, symptoms like a persistent cough and a high fever please contact NHS 111 on line or call 111 if you do not have access to the Internet.

Please remember to stay at home: Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).

If you go out, continue to stay at least 2 metres away from other people. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Remember you can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms. Hotels and bed/breakfast accommodation remain closed and tourists are encouraged not to visit Lavenham. Any infringement may be reported to the police by phone on 101.

Again use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service for advice and if you experience symptoms such as a dry cough and/or a high temperature. Do
not hesitate to call 111 if you cannot get help online.


In order to bring the outbreak under control and allow frontline workers to
return to their jobs the government has set up new facilities for testing either at
an expanding number of designated centres or through kits sent to the home. The list of those eligible for testing is being expanded day by day.

At the moment it includes:

  • All those working on the frontline in health and social care (with or without symptoms)
  • Patients in the NHS and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms) all other essential workers with symptoms (this list is being expanded) anyone over 65 with symptoms anyone who goes into work because they cannot work from home (for example, construction workers) and has symptoms.
  • anyone with whom you live who meets any of the criteria listed.

To book or request a test go online and register for test





The Long Melford and Lavenham Practice were asked to contribute to this
newsletter. They have been unable to do so.




During these unprecedented times Parish Council meetings are still ongoing but have had to adapt. Currently the meetings are happening remotely via Zoom. Members of the Parish are still welcome to attend the meetings via Zoom. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. Anyone wishing to attend should email the Parish Council for login details. 



A number of businesses in Lavenham have not applied for a business grant to
tide them over during the current crisis. As a matter of urgency they should visit BDC Website




Collections restarting 11th May




Our Library service has various activi­ties you can access through their website and you don't always need a library card.  Access Suffolk Libraries  On the website ,you can do a 20 minute workout, watch stall holding virtual activities ranging from singing for children to learning how to crochet. You can go on a virtual tour of many of the world most prestigious museums With your library card (which can be issued or updated during the lockdown by calling 01473 351249 or email) You can access our extensive eLibrary. This will give you access to eBooks and eAudio books.


Kanopy will allow you to stream lndie and Classic cinema, documentaries and
take courses. It also gives access through Borrowbox to all the latest eAudio titles
PressReader is a digital newsstand of thousands of the world's most popular
newspapers and magazines. Freegal, millions of songs to stream and download for free (Download limited to six tracks per week) There are also other services available from Ask a Librarian, as well as access to a section on home schooling, online book and film groups.


To honour the National Health Service the parish council and the National
Trust are flying a "Thank You NHS" flag from the main entrance to the Guildhall.




Number 10  01787 249438
`Heat At Home' Takeaway Menu £10 per dish, Payable over the phone .
Orders 9.00 am until 2.00 pm delivery
Friday and Saturday.

Pizza & Pasta Menu delivered 12.00 noon until 8.00 pm Sundays.


Memsaab 01787  249431
Takeaways only —Wednesday to Sunday evenings  5.50  until 9.00 pm


Chilli & Chives  Cakes, meals and desserts made to order, for your freezer. Email to get an Order Form and a Membership Number. Collect Friday pm by appointment and pay by contactless card.


Tatums Tea House  07772 493664  Cakes: £8; Scones (cheese or fruity) : £2 for two; Traybakes: £1.50 per slice.  Pay by PayPal, bank transfer or cash on receipt.


  Lavenham Blue Tea Rooms  01787 248295  Afternoon Tea in a box' delivered to your door  £17.50 per person. Order and pay over the phone a few days in advance, please!

   New! Amanda, Jane and Sarah will be producing a 'Trio of Chocolate' box: Rocky Road, Truffles and Cup Cakes. Payment, delivery and charges as above.


Mindfulness for Later Life Course

The Gatehouse Charity is offering older adults an online mindfulness course that is fully funded by the Suffolk Community Foundation to give support during tie coronavirus crisis. The next course is due to run on 21st May. Places are free, but limited, and to request a place on this course, please submit this application  before 10th May.


Please Remember



Children should be made aware of the dangers of speaking to unknown people online. For guidance and advice to parents one should consult ThinkUKnow 


Be aware that criminals are setting up fake sites to advertise goods for sale that either do not materialise or are fake. There has been an increase in telephone calls asking for monies to be transferred or requesting details of credit cards etc.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Support & Information from

Lavenham Parish Council.



NEWSLETTER 3 (April 2020)


Lavenham Parish Council is committed to supporting all members of our community. We hope everyone is well and coping with the current situation.


The response to our previous leaflets has been amazing. Thanks to everyone who has offered help and support. You may not have been contacted to date but we have not forgotten you! If you think you may require or can offer help now or in the future kindly contact Good Neighbour Scheme. Alternatively email your details to: and they will be passed on to the Lavenham Parish Council.


The Village Information Point is closed until further notice but they can be contacted by email


The Parish Council has been given the authority to meet remotely via video conferencing and the April meeting took place on schedule (2nd April) by this method. During the crisis please contact the Parish Council if you require any help or support:    01787 249939

Good Neighbours Scheme     07922 850082




This year Christian, Jewish and Muslim holy days occur roughly at the same time. Easter Sunday is on the 12th of April. The Jewish Passover commences on the 8th of April and Ramadan on the 24th of April. In many cases the doctrines and practices for Lent, Passover and Ramadan have been relaxed particularly for those with severe illness.

All religions are limiting gatherings and physical contact to halt the transmission of Covid-19. Many will hold services via a video link and live streaming. Check their websites and if you need to contact them
directly, below is a list:


SS Peter & Paul


Lavenham reports that with Lavenham in virtual shutdown, our Parish Church is sadly closed for services and visitors alike. However, still we look to Easter as a time of hope, renewal and rebirth after pain and struggle.

All are invited to join by first emailing and you will be sent an access code or 'invitation' to join the next scheduled session, usually Weds 10am Morning Prayer & 'Coffee Morning', and Sundays (10am for) 10.15am Holy Communion — including Easter Sunday.


Additionally this week only:
Maundy Thursday at 7pm Holy Communion, and on

Good Friday at 7pm (& Mon, Tues, Weds) Compline, a short said evening service.
Keep abreast of events on our website:


Our Lady & St John's, Sudbury with St Joseph's, Hadleigh


We are awaiting the delivery of a webcam on Tuesday which we hope to have up and running in order to stream ‘virtual’ services beginning with:

Mass at 7.00 pm on Holy Thursday

Liturgy of The Cross on Good Friday at 3.00 pm,

Holy Mass at 10.00 am on Easter Sunday and thereafter daily:‑

Holy Mass at 10.00 am Keep your eye on our website: for all the latest news and updates on our streamed ‘virtual’ services.


The Salvation Army


01787 247712; Daily at noon. Majors Debbie & Philip Nield


Other denominations and religions


Baptist Church Ipswich - 01473 714145:

Methodists – 01284 731082

Quakers - 07746 695569;

Congregationalists - 01206 298737;

United Reformed Church – 01787 375643

Jewish Community Synagogue Colchester - 01206 860107

Seders via social networks please.

Ipswich Mosque - 01473 226879


Those with severe illness are permitted to break their fast.


`God is our refuge and strength, an ever‑ present help in trouble' - a verse for this present time from Psalm 46 offered by — Archbishop Justin Welby, which is appropriate for all and any religion and denomination.'



To avoid catching or spreading the virus please continue to follow the directives issued by NHS England to restrict your movements and practice good hygiene. By doing so you will save lives. For the latest updates please consult or the recently delivered government pamphlet.




Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Put the used tissues in the bin. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if you have not just washed your hands. Continue to wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds several times a day with soap and warm water. Remember according to scientists the virus is fragile only protected by a thin protective layer and soap or any detergent can dissolve it causing the virus to decompose.


COVID-19 can survive for 24 hours on paper or cardboard and up to three days
on some surfaces. Clean plastic, stone and metal surfaces including doorknobs several times a day with alcohol or a solution of bleach and warm water (1:50) (most kitchen spraysare effective).


A good idea is not to open your post for twenty-four hours.


Remember that cooked food is not a problem.  Although the chance of
transmission through food containers is "low, low, low" do consider giving them a wipe before opening them.


Please practice social isolation as much as possible. This is especially true if you have been classified as vulnerable or live with someone in that category. It is the best way of avoiding catching and/or transmitting the virus.


At the end of this article there are a number of free Internet sites to keep children (and adults!) busy.


If you develop a cough or a fever please wear a mask like the N95 respirator. Stay at home if you or someone in your household has either.


If you are looking after a person who may be infected again wear a mask and gloves. If you are ill avoid going to shops and use delivery services or ask for help from Good Neighbours. We have about one hundred people in Lavenham ready and willing to help.




When taking recommended exercise keep at least two metres away from other people. If ou are jogger the recommended distance is at least three metres. Cyclists and riders on footpaths must respect the mandatory distance. If you walk a dog keep the dog from wan­dering and make sure that he/she is under control at all times.


First Meadow Play equipment is out of bounds but one can have access to the
open space in line with Government


The Village Hall, the Library, the Guildhall and Little Hall are closed until further



Keep a good supply of disposable gloves for handling money and for use when
paying by credit card or drawing cash from an ATM.


Avoid driving except in an emergency. If you need safe and reliable transport the Good Neighbour scheme will be pleased to put you in contact with a taxi service.

Avoid consulting unofficial sites. Only go to official government sites or our own Lavenham pages for more local news.


Football and Cricket Fields: Everyone is encouraged to exercise keeping a two metres distance but football and other sports distance are not permitted.


"We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure,
better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our
families again; we will meet again."

Quote from HM The Queen, made Sunday 5th April 2020.



In addition to the excellent material provided by schools, Suffolk Libraries are offering interactive events and games for your children.


Resources for babies and pre-schoolers:
Tumble Tots Facebook Live
TinyTalk baby signing and toddler talk
@the_play_at_home mummas


Resources for primary school children:
PE with Joe
Cosmic Kids Yoga


Resources for secondary school children:‑guage-lessons/id570060128


LAVENHAM SURGERY  closed and paper-based prescriptions, cannot be accepted. Appointments at the Long Melford Surgery 01787 378226



Lavenham Dental Practice, 01787 247058

Paul Rolfe & Associates, 01787 247046

Both are operating emergency services.


Open 8:45am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm.
01787 247284.



Closed until further notice.



Ardmore Vets  01787 372588

Mulberry Vets  01787 881888

Swayne &Partners  01787 370773


MEMSAAB Restaurant
Takeaway available  01787 249431


No 10
Takeaway available & delivery 01787 249 439        



Now closed and only contact in case of an emergency on 01787 247228



Closed until further notice, digital services can be accessed with your library card & pin,


Please respect the safety regulations when visiting local facilities and respect the people offering support.


The following businesses are still offering their great services without any changes since our previous newsletter.

Suffolk News,

Sparling & Faiers Bakery

Lavenham Butchers.

Both Coop's remain open,

hours are subject to change and delivery times.




Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Support & Information from

Lavenham Parish Council.


Self Isolation & Working From Home.

During this time of crisis, many of us are being asked to self isolate or work from home, this can bring with it feelings of loneliness and sadness.
Mind, the mental health charity, are offering lots of advice and support around
these issues. Below we have listed some of their tips to help you stay well.

These are current links at the date of publishing 23/03/20,   0300 123 3393


If you're worried about loneliness:

  • Think about things you can do to connect with people. For example, putting extra pictures up of the people you care about might be a nice reminder of the people in your life.
  • Listen to a chatty radio station or podcast if your home feels too quiet.
  • Decide on your routine.
  • Plan how you'll spend your time. It might help to write this down on paper and put it on the wall.
  • Try to follow your ordinary routine as much as possible. Get up at the same time as normal, follow your usual morning routines, and go to bed at your usual time.
  • Set alarms to remind you of your new schedule if that helps.
  • If you aren't happy with your usual routine, this might be a chance to do things differently. For example, you could go to bed earlier, spend more time cooking or do other things you don't usually have the chance to.
  • Agree on a household routine. Try to give everyone you live with a say in this agreement.
  • Try to respect each other's privacy and give each other space. For exam­ple, some people might want to discuss everything they're doing while others won't.


Lavenham Community Voice & Noticeboard Suffolk.

We are sure that many of you are aware of this group on Facebook, stay up-to
date with local news and use the group as a way to keep conversations going.
If you join the group you can add your own information and comments, if you
do not wish to join the group but would like to add information please email the group administrator e-mail


Please be aware and vigilant.

It is a sad fact that during this crisis there are those who will seek to
take advantage of the vulnerable. Scammers may be operating in the area,
please seek advice if unsure of people offering services door to door. For more information visit the outwatch website.

Please contact the Parish Council if you require help or support      01787 249939

Lavenham Good Neighbours   07922 850082

Restricted Movements. Following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement (23/03/20), can all residents follow the Government’s new guidelines and restrictions:


Currently some of the businesses in the village are operating different
hours and offering a different range of services to normal.
Below is a list of those changes and new services available:

Suffolk News

Suffolk News are currently offering delivery to our area.

Visit , e-mail



Post Office

Currently open normal hours,

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday, 10am - 2pm.

Please remember at this time that the Post office can help you top up your Gas & Electric Keys and your PAYG Mobile.


Lavenham Pharmacy

The Pharmacy is changing its core hours, these will now be

10am -1pm & 2pm-4pm closing over the lunch period 1pm-2pm.

Wherever possible the pharmacy will endeavour to keep open to its normal working hours. Currently many new delivery slots are being added to the usual pharmacy delivery service and where possible, it is requested that friends and family collect prescriptions on behalf of those needing assistance.


Lavenham Surgery

Currently still closed, paper based repeat prescriptions no longer accepted, please contact Lavenham Parish Council if support is required.


Chilli and Chives

Collection only, please email with orders.


Sparling & Faiers Bakery

Opening Hours are subject to change & customer restrictions apply,

telephone orders still being taken. 01787 247297



Open Hours are subject to change & customer restrictions apply,

telephone orders and delivery available.01787 247257


East Of England Coop

Open as usual, some restrictions now apply, only 2 per customer of any 1 item, Only I pack of toilet rolls per customer. Please respect staff and other customers when in store.


Lavenham Butchers

Orders are being taken by telephone and email, delivery service available, currently the walk-in element of the shop is unavailable. Collection only from the shop.

01787 247226 or e-mail


Cock Horse Inn

Orders are being taken by telephone for takeaway.

01787 827330


The Greyhound,

The Angel,

No 10,

The Great House,


Lavenham Blue,

Sweat Meats,


The Swan

Are currently closed.


All of the information is subject to change and Government legislation.